Colorado Year In Review: Cherry Creek's Record Breaking 4x8

State records were falling like flies last year - that's for sure. 

Along the the myriad of course records being rewritten, so were quite a few state records. 

We've run ourselves into the realm of State Records Falling...

You know it's Championships Season when every week something big is happening. Big, as in another state record falling.

And on this particular week in early May, it was the Cherry Creek 4x800 quartet of Addison PriceShelby BaldingKinsey Christianson, and 1,600 and 3,200 state record holder Riley Stewart.

The squad - that consisted of three seniors - starred on their home track for the final time at the Cherry Creek Invitational .

Balding, Christianson, and Stewart got perhaps the most ideal Senior Send-Off, with the addition of junior Price, as they put together the third State record run in 2022.

Cherry Creek torched a 8:53.43 to break Niwot's one year-old state record of 8:55.86 by just over two-seconds. The time is currently a Colorado No. 1 by 19 seconds, and was also a US No. 1 at the time.

Additionally, Cherry Creek's time is only the second Sub-9 performance in Colorado history.

How It Played Out

Price opened up the record-breaking run with a 2:14-plus opening leg, while Balding followed with a 2:16-plus second leg.

Cherry Creek hit the halfway point right around 4:32, though the record was still within reach. While they needed a 4:23 to break the record, their final two runners - Christianson and Stewart - owned season bests of 2:11 and 2:10, making their chase still possible.

Christianson went to work in the third leg with a 2:13-plus half-mile. She handed the baton off to Stewart as the clock ticked passed 7:45.

Stewart would need a 2:10 or better to make history, which is something she's well accustomed to - she is the 1,600 and 3,200 state record holder...

Stewart blazed her fastest 800 of the season - a 2:08ish final leg to cross the finish line as the clock read 8:53.43.

For their efforts, Cherry Creek's quartet of Price, Balding, Christiansan, and Stewart collectively made for one of Colorado's Top Storylines in 2022.

Watch the record-breaking race above!